The silliness of a “Living Constitution”

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The silliness of a "Living Constitution"

There is a very sim­ple way to show that the entire “liv­ing con­sti­tu­tion” busi­ness for what it is, basi­cally the use of the judi­ciary to impose laws that the left could never pass and that’s to apply that same prin­ci­ple to other contracts.

Ask your­self:

How you would react if your land­lord sud­denly decided you had a “liv­ing lease” and increased your rent or denied you ser­vices accordingly?

How would you react if your insur­ance com­pany decided you had a “liv­ing pol­icy” and rede­fined “fire” or “theft” or “acci­dent” to deny your claim?

How would you react if your bank decided you had a “liv­ing mort­gage” and sud­denly increased your inter­est rate or a “liv­ing credit card” and uni­lat­er­ally decided you have to make biweekly rather than monthly payments?

How would you react if your col­lege pro­fes­sor decided you had a “liv­ing grade scale” and sud­denly your work was no longer passing?

How would you react if you employer decided you had a “liv­ing con­tract” and sud­denly you had to work an addi­tional 10 hours a week to qual­ify for ben­e­fits or the def­i­n­i­tion of “over­time” was sud­denly gone?

How would you react if the restau­rant you dined in had a “liv­ing menu” and rede­fined what “medium” or “well done” was?

How would you react if your con­trac­tors had a “liv­ing esti­mate” and sud­denly with­out notice raised the prices of ser­vices or parts with­out notice or deemed a toi­let installed if it wasn’t connected?

How would you react if the IRS decided it had a “liv­ing tax code” and you found your refund non-​existent because deduc­tions and cred­its you took when you filled it out were redefined?

The US Con­sti­tu­tion is a con­tract, it is a con­tract between the states voted on by the states. It says what it says. If you don’t like what it says, there are explicit ways to edit it which can be pur­sued, and if you don’t like the edits you make there are ways to remove those edits (see 18th and 21st amend­ments). A “liv­ing con­sti­tu­tion” is a tyranny of the judi­ciary which is why the left likes it so much, but they should be wary, because if there is one thing the Trump era has taught the right it’s that the tac­tics of the left are very effec­tive when used against them.

Or to quote Stephen Green: “Never agi­tate for a gov­ern­ment power you wouldn’t trust your polit­i­cal oppo­nents to wield — because some­day they will.”

There is a very simple way to show that the entire “living constitution” business for what it is, basically the use of the judiciary to impose laws that the left could never pass and that’s to apply that same principle to other contracts.

Ask yourself:

How you would react if your landlord suddenly decided you had a “living lease” and increased your rent or denied you services accordingly?

How would you react if your insurance company decided you had a “living policy” and redefined “fire” or “theft” or “accident” to deny your claim?

How would you react if your bank decided you had a “living mortgage” and suddenly increased your interest rate or a “living credit card” and unilaterally decided you have to make biweekly rather than monthly payments?

How would you react if your college professor decided you had a “living grade scale” and suddenly your work was no longer passing?

How would you react if you employer decided you had a “living contract” and suddenly you had to work an additional 10 hours a week to qualify for benefits or the definition of “overtime” was suddenly gone?

How would you react if the restaurant you dined in had a “living menu” and redefined what “medium” or “well done” was?

How would you react if your contractors had a “living estimate” and suddenly without notice raised the prices of services or parts without notice or deemed a toilet installed if it wasn’t connected?

How would you react if the IRS decided it had a “living tax code” and you found your refund non-existent because deductions and credits you took when you filled it out were redefined?

The US Constitution is a contract, it is a contract between the states voted on by the states.  It says what it says.  If you don’t like what it says, there are explicit ways to edit it which can be pursued, and if you don’t like the edits you make there are ways to remove those edits (see 18th and 21st amendments).  A “living constitution” is a tyranny of the judiciary which is why the left likes it so much, but they should be wary, because if there is one thing the Trump era has taught the right it’s that the tactics of the left are very effective when used against them.

Or to quote Stephen Green:  “Never agitate for a government power you wouldn’t trust your political opponents to wield — because someday they will.”